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    • August 18, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Township, PA
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    Regional Learning Alliance*
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    *Host facility's Health & Safety Protocols.

    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.

    8:00: Registration Opens
    8:30 - 4:30:  Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.


    Thomas D. Gillespie P.G., Sr. Professional Geologist
    Gilmore & Associates, Inc.

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    Professional Development Conversion Formulas
    DE, SC 60 mins. = 1 CEU
    PA 50 mins. = 1 PDH 

    Level:  Advanced

    Overview: Unlike the mental imagery geologists construct of groundwater flow through a porous medium, investigators in fractured rock aquifers must first visualize the three-dimensional network of water-conducting planes before considering how the spacing, orientation and interconnection of those planes control and constrain gravity-driven flow. Complicating that visualization even further, it is usually the case that none of the sets of intersecting, non-randomly-oriented planes are aligned parallel to the prevailing hydraulic gradient.

         Combining a refresher on the concepts and methods of structural geology with quantitative analysis of groundwater flow within and between discrete, connected flow pathways, this full day, hands-on course provides the tools of both visualization and quantification of gravity-driven flow in three-dimensional space. Including a complete review of the methods of planar structural analysis, the course explores: structurally-controlled deflection of contaminant plumes; the effects of the scale of observation on aquifer heterogeneity and anisotropy; migration of separate phase liquids and gases; and groundwater flow within structural domains of differing, yet overlapping, scales of observation from individual fractures to wells, sites, through study areas and regional flow systems.

    • August 25, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 84

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    Within 48 hours of conclusion of the webinar PCPG will circulate a PDH certificate documenting registrant’s participation time, not to exceed 60 minutes.


    Seth Pelepko, P.G., Environmental Program Manager

    Division of Well Plugging and Subsurface Activities
    Bureau of Oil & Gas Planning and Program Management
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    Level:  Intermediate

    Oil and gas development in Pennsylvania has been ongoing for over 160 years. While much of the recent dialog has focused on extraction from unconventional shale gas plays; significant, environmental and public safety concerns correspond to legacy oil and gas wells. An estimated 100,00 to 560,000 wells drilled historically in the commonwealth have not yet been identified and the decommissioning liability associated with these wells is estimated in billions of dollars.

    Undocumented wells do not always present problems that are easy to observe, as mechanical integrity failures may occur deep below the surface. Wells have the potential to contribute to the degradation of water supplies and stray gas migration. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) plugging program has the legislative authority to decommission legacy wells when problems arise or are anticipated and there is no viable responsible party. Creating sustainable funding sources for this work, however, will likely require some combination of legislative attention and innovative thinking.

    This webinar will address historical oil and gas development in the state, and the current scope of Pennsylvania’s legacy well liability.  Emerging issues relating to legacy well integrity will also be presented along with forecasts for different funding models. Finally, encroachment between commercial/residential development and legacy oil and gas infrastructure will be addressed.  The significance of findings is discussed in the context of environmental, public safety, and economic risk; with an emphasis on appropriate regional concerns.

    About our instructor

    Seth Pelepko currently serves as the Subsurface Activities Division Manager for DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management. He has worked in this capacity for over five years and has been with the Office of Oil and Gas Management for almost ten years. His areas of expertise include stray gas migration casework, gas and oil well integrity, and legacy well topics.  He received a B.S. degree in Earth Sciences in 1998 from the Pennsylvania State University and M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Delaware.  He has been a licensed professional geologist in Pennsylvania since 2004.  Mr. Pelepko will be providing an overview of legacy oil and gas well development in Pennsylvania with an emphasis on the current challenges faced by the agency regarding abandoned wells with no associated viable responsible party. Environmental, public safety, and funding liabilities will be discussed.

    • September 18, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township., PA
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    Regional Learning Alliance*
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    *Host facility's Health & Safety Protocols.

    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.

    7:30: Registration Opens
    8:00 - 5:00:  Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.

    Professional Development Conversion Formula
    Pennsylvania: 50 mins. = 1 PDH
    Delaware and South Carolina:  60 mins. = 1 CEU
    Texas: 60 mins. = 1 PDH

    Prerequisite: Prior drone flight experience is not required.  Attendees may consider purchasing an inexpensive (less than $50) micro drone to fly before this course.


    • Martin Helmke, PhD, P.G., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    • Daniel Bochicchio, GIT, Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
    • John J. Ennis, Esq., P.G., Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
    • D. Matt Lyon, Construction Manager, Aircraft Systems Manager - Invited (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.)

    Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) have rapidly become a new tool for the Professional Geologist and Environmental Professional involved in site investigations and resource studies. 

    In addition to providing a big picture view of a project site, drone imagery and 3D photogrammetry can be used to monitor natural gas infrastructure, document site environmental conditions, find orphaned wells and unexploded ordnance, evaluate structural geology, conduct fracture trace analysis, monitor sinkholes and subsidence, and record mass movement.  Drones equipped with scientific instruments such as magnetometers, telephoto lenses, thermal cameras, and multispectral imagers are capable of taking precise scientific measurements in locations inaccessible by traditional methods. 

    This course will discuss case studies where drones have been used to support or advance typical investigative and study approaches, demonstrate aerial photographic techniques, and apply photogrammetry for reliable project mapping and modeling. The course will also cover federal drone regulations, privacy issues, and industry best practices. 

    Attendees will receive hands-on training using provided, commercially-available aircraft. Flight training may be modified due to weather conditions.

    Intended Outcomes: 

    Attendees completing this course will understand many ways drone technologies may be used for geologic analysis, infrastructure monitoring, and environmental investigations. A thorough review of the scientific application of drones, including drone hardware, aerial cameras and instrumentation, flight techniques, and image processing will be provided through hands-on exercises.  This course will prepare attendees to make an informed decision about the proper application and limitations of drones for current and future projects.

    Who Should Attend:  If you are a geologist, engineer, scientist, or stakeholder interested in learning more about drones or starting your own UAS program, this one-day course will review drone applications and state-of-the-art techniques for using drones to monitor infrastructure and conduct site investigations.

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    • September 30, 2021
    • (EDT)
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